"Changing America" Exhibit Opens in Springfield

By KOLR10 News

Published 07/12 2014 12:34PM

Updated 07/12 2014 09:49PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A national traveling exhibit exploring two major civil rights movements that changed America is planned July 12-Aug. 22 in Springfield.

The series includes a July 31 talk by two sisters whose father lent his name to the landmark, 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, and a series of evocative lectures, and films.

The national traveling exhibit, which opens with guest speakers and music at 1 pm at the Library Center is called “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.”

The exhibit launches a six-week series that includes the talk at 7 pm July 31 at Central High School by sisters Cheryl Brown Henderson and Linda Brown Thompson. Cheryl graduated from Central High School in 1961 while the family lived in Springfield. Their late father Oliver L. Brown joined other families to challenge racial segregation of children in Topeka, Kan., public schools.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such segregation violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

In this 60th anniversary year of the case, the sisters will share the story of “Brown v. Board of Education and How it Changed America.” Their visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and The Library Foundation.

The event is free and open to the public.

A detailed schedule is available at thelibrary.org/changingamerica.

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